THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM
“HEAR, MY sons, the instruction of a father, and pay attention in order to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension, and interpretation [of spiritual matters]. For I give you good doctrine [what is to be received]; do not forsake my teaching. When I [Solomon]- (all true sons, including you and me) was a son with my father [David]- (God), tender and the only son in the sight of my mother [Bathsheba]- (Wisdom) , He taught me and said to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live. [1 Chron 28:9; Eph 6:4.] Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth. Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation). [James 1:5.]” (Pro. 4:1-7, AMP).
The Word of Wisdom for all of us is: “The beginning of Wisdom is: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” The Wisdom of God not only makes a person wise in spiritual matters, but His Wisdom will also give us the ability to rule and reign over the nations of the world in righteousness, bringing peace and justice to all. This truth is seen in the life of Solomon. When Solomon became the king of Israel, following his father, David, the Lord asked Solomon what one thing he desired. He replied, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9) Solomon was just “a little child” (vs. 7) in wisdom and experience, when he was anointed to be the next king of Israel. He knew he needed the Lord’s wisdom to govern that great nation. So he asked the Lord for an understanding heart, true judgment and the ability to discern between good and evil. How we need that God-given ability to discern between good and evil! Then we will see things as God sees them, not as man sees!
“And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days” (1 Kings 3:10-14).
King Solomon and Our Reign in the Kingdom of God
What a wonderful thing the Lord did for Solomon! God gave him wisdom and an understanding heart, spiritual discernment, as well as riches and honor, above and beyond what any other king had received from the Lord. The wisdom of Solomon, and all his other gifts, made him so outstanding and special, that the Lord said there was no one like him in history, nor would there be any one like Solomon to follow him! Then we read this: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom” (1 Kings 4:29-30, 34). It is that same Spirit of Wisdom we shall have, when it is the time for us to rule and reign with Christ, bringing Love, Peace, Prosperity, Justice and Righteousness to all the people of all the nations on Earth!
The reign of the Christ on Earth will be the best and most righteous reign from the best and most glorious Kingdom ever to rule this world! Every co-king among this Christ-company shall be anointed and blessed with the Spirit of Wisdom! Only those who are anointed with the Spirit of Wisdom, as well as all the other six Spirits of the Lord, shall rule and reign with Christ over the nations, in the power and glory of the Kingdom of our Father! As He did with Solomon, so the Lord will take mere youths, or young children in wisdom and experience concerning Kingdom affairs, which we are, and will give us His Wisdom, enabling us to rule and reign with Christ as spiritually seasoned and experienced rulers, princes and kings in our Father’s Kingdom of Love!
Those who reign with Christ are learning spiritual lessons from the mind of Christ! Experience in this corrupt order of man could never prepare us to reign in the Kingdom of God! Our Father is now training us to reign with Him, not by the experiences in man’s corrupt governments in this sinful world, but only by the Wisdom that comes from God! If we are to learn anything from man’s corrupt misrule, it is that the reign of Christ and His sons is the only reign that will bring justice, love, peace and righteousness to all the world! We are learning lessons of divine wisdom and understanding now that will qualify us to reign in the glorious and mighty Kingdom of Love! When the time for our Righteous reign has come, the people of the world will be ready for us, and will soon detect the Source of our Righteous, Just and Peaceful reign! If our Source is the Lord and His Wisdom, they will then know that we represent the government of the Kingdom of God. But if we attempt to reign while in this body of flesh and blood, manifesting more of man’s unrighteous ways, they will quickly discern it as more of the same old corrupt rule of carnal and sinful man!
We also have this Word from David for those who would reign with Christ: “ The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain” (2 Sam. 23:1-4). Nothing is said here to suggest that we should learn from man how to reign with Christ! Man’s misrule violates every Kingdom principle, and will only lead to more of the same old corrupt governments of man!
Those who reign with Christ must be JUST, meaning they must be lawful and righteous, as well as just! And the standard for all who will reign with Christ is the Lord Himself! We must be as just, as lawful and as righteous as Christ is! He alone is our standard! And then those who reign with Christ must do so in and with the fear of God! Thus, we read: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever” (Ps. 111:10). The word “fear” comes from an original word, “yir’ah,” meaning moral fear and reverence. The Lord, whom we love and serve, is to be feared or respected with holy reverence for Him and His Kingdom! When we fear the Lord, we will also respect Him, His Person, His Word, His laws, His plan of salvation, His principles and His government! Our reign in the Kingdom of God is based on the Righteousness of Christ! Therefore, we must be LIKE HIM to reign from His throne in His holy and righteous Kingdom!
When we are changed into Christ’s glorious image and heavenly likeness, we shall then “be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” We will be so new, fresh and creative, by the power of the Christ within and without, that we will really be a new creation in Christ! We will indeed be A NEW CREATION, not just doctrinally or by faith, but experientially, genuinely and literally as well! Man’s carnal, fleshly ways will no longer be a part of us! Gone will be the old Adamic man, for the new Christ-man will come forth, bearing the image and likeness of Him Who is the first Son! Then, His brilliant Glory will shine forth from us “as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds!” Everything about us will then be completely and entirely FRESH and NEW! We will have the Spirit of Wisdom, allowing us to see as God sees, and judge as God judges! We shall then be “as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” His Life will be so strong and effective within us that we will be like fresh, green grass or mighty oak trees, springing up out of the Earth by the clear shining of the Heavenly Rain of the Spirit! And our appearance, when we are clearly “seen” by others, will change them, even as we were changed! When we are joined to Christ to become one Spirit with Him, shall we not also show forth His Glory, so that others may also see and be changed?
Our New Relationship With Our Beloved
As we continue our study of the Song of Solomon, we had just said of our Beloved, “I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me!” (Song 7:10, AMP). Then we said to our Beloved, who is Christ the Lord, “Come, my beloved! Let us go forth into the field, let us lodge in the villages. [Luke 14:33.]” (Song 7:11, AMP). Here, we are seen asking our Beloved to go with us “into the field,” which is the world (Mt. 13:38)! It is the same “field” and the same world where the favored daughter of Jerusalem, the choice one of her Mother, which we are, was trained and disciplined to know the Lord, as well as His Kingdom and His saving ways! Although we have a distinct calling not to be a part of the present, corrupt world order, or the world which is under man’s oppressive rule during these six working days, our main interest and chief responsibility will be the salvation of the whole world of mankind! And since our place is right here on earth, among the needy people of this world, we will invite our Beloved to come with us into this “field,” to lodge here among them. God will then dwell among men (Rev. 21:3)! He is at home here also, for He shed His precious blood for every one of them! Not only will our Beloved dwell in this “field,” but He will also restore them and bring them into His glorious Kingdom of Love! Wisdom has also taught us that unless our Beloved goes with us, there is no good purpose in our going anywhere!
And then we say to our Beloved, “Let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened, and whether the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and over our doors are all manner of choice fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved!” (Song 7:12-13, AMP). Here we see a display of our Love for our Beloved! We know there is a TIME in the purposes of our Father for the fulfillment of His great Plan (Song 8:4). And these verses tell us that Father’s Time of fulfillment will also be a harvest time. Then, just before the harvest begins, the vines will have budded, the grape blossoms will be open and the pomegranates will be in bloom. Then we will give our Love to our Beloved, and will share with Him our many “fruits.” That will be the time of spiritual love-making and conception, which will result in a nation of Christ-like sons being born in a Day, which is this new, Kingdom Day!
After the birth of the manchild, the promise of the birth of many “children” and an entire “nation” is then given: “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a NATION be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her CHILDREN” (Is. 66:8). An entire nation and many children will come forth from this union, after the “wedding” has taken place and after we have been joined to our Beloved Head in a spiritual “marriage!” And this spiritual birthing process will take place right here on the new Earth, where there shall also be those new Heavens. First the sons of God, or the remnant of the Lord, must come forth to become the “Manchild,” who have all been transformed into the image and likeness of Christ, making them one Spirit with Him! Then that holy, spiritual entity, having both male and female characteristics, shall give birth, bringing forth that great Nation and those many spiritual “Children” (see Is. 54:1-8, Hos. 1:10-11 & 3:5)! And those Spirit-born “children” will be blessed and anointed of the Lord as righteous members of His Kingdom of Love! That will be a glorious time of restoration! And that great Kingdom Day of our full salvation may be nearer than we realize!
Here is an anointed, prophetic Word of the Lord about the “children” of today, which is surely and certainly being fulfilled before our very eyes: “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away” (Hos. 4:1-3). Because of the accuracy of the Word of the Lord given by Hosea, one would think that the prophet was living and walking among us today. But it is not Hosea who walks and lives among us today, it is the Spirit of Wisdom and the Spirit of the Lord, Who are “walking” and “moving” among us all today! By the Spirit of Wisdom, God is reading the present condition and, except for the elect, it is not a good picture! What He sees among us now are “Christians,” in name only (Deut. 26:19), who lack the Truth of God, and His love, mercy, and the knowledge of the Lord! Lacking these spiritual qualities, some Christians, as well as the world in general, are “swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery,” just as God’s Word said they would!
And what has God done about this wayward condition of His “children” in the church system? He has judged them and is correcting them, by sending them a “strong delusion,” as we read: “For the mystery of iniquity (old Adam or the man of sin) doth already work (in all but the elect): only he who now letteth (the holy Spirit) will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked (man of sin) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish (meaning, to destroy figuratively); because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them STRONG DELUSION (or, a strong, energetic, deceiving error), that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned (to be corrected by judgment) who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:7-12).
The man of sin is ruling the hearts of many in this day, especially in the church system and man’s governments. The man of sin, old Adam, or the carnal nature, is ruling all mankind, except the elect. Only the elect are now under the power and authority of the great King and Lord of all! Only the elect have received the love of the truth, that they might be saved in fullness! Because the “Christians” in the church system received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, God has sent into their midst a “strong delusion!” And that “strong delusion” is controlling the church system and our government, resulting in a world in chaos and confusion! But, knowing that this “strong delusion” was sent by God to correct His wayward “children,” we have the assurance that He will not allow it to get much worse! That which God allows of judgment unto correction has Divine limits that will determine the duration of this period of judgment unto correction! Indeed, all is well everywhere, for our God reigns; and He is fully in control of it all!
Wisdom’s Effect Upon the Nations
Just as the seven Spirits of the Lord, including Wisdom, has changed some of us, as well as man’s life on earth, so also will the fullness of His Spirit change the nations. The Lord promised Abraham: “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” (Gen. 17:4-5, see also Gen. 22:18 & 26:4). And, “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.” (Ps. 22:27). “Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed” (Ps. 72:11, 17). And again, “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Mic. 4:2).
Our God and Father of all is in the process of creating and bringing forth A NEW PEOPLE, to make of them A GREAT, NEW NATION, dwelling in THE NEW KINGDOM LAND, with A NEW COVENANT OF LIFE! This whole process began with the birth of the “man child,” or the company of the sons of God, as we read: “A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, SHE (THE TRUE CHURCH) WAS DELIVERED OF A MAN CHILD.” (Is. 66:6-7). Indeed, a man child has come forth, and a new nation is also coming forth to “be born at once... for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” Before she travailed and before her pain came, the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ brought forth the man child! There was no evidence or any outward sign showing that such a thing had taken place, but that man child has already come forth. It was birthed out of us, for we are the true Church! And now, by our spiritual growth in Christ, we have become the man child!
The birthing process described in Isaiah’s anointed prophecy has been a rather painful process for all of us! But we made it this far and we know we will make it all the way Home, for we are traveling in that special, spiritual “chariot of fire” that is taking us to our appointed destiny in Christ! Little did we know, when our Father called us out of the church system, all that was involved in that simple act of faith and obedience. God called us out of the church system, and all churches and meetings as well, that we might be THE TRUE CHURCH that would give birth to the “man child!” From this company of Father’s elect and chosen ones has come forth that “man child.” By this spiritual “birthing” process, we continue to be Father’s “elect and chosen ones.” And now, we have grown spiritually from the true Church, which we once were, to become the “man child.”
Only a purified and righteous Church could bring forth the true, purified and righteous “man child!” That which is as holy, as pure and as clean as the “man child” must be, could never be born or come forth out of something that is as defiled and corrupt as is the church system. A holy being or entity can only come forth from another holy being or entity! The Divine principle here is: “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches” (Rom. 11:16). We are the branches in this parable and Christ is the Root out of Whom we came! Our Root is in Him, Who also is “the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the ROOT of David” (Rev. 5:5). Therefore, we are clean and pure, just as Christ our Root is clean and pure! We are indeed becoming all that He is in this world (see 1 John 3:2,3,7, 4:17)!
We are that “man child,” which was birthed out of the womb of the true Church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, which we once were! We once were the True Church of Jesus Christ, but we have grown spiritually to become the “man child!” And now, we will continue growing, by feeding on the Kingdom “Lilies,” to give birth to that new and great Nation, by the power of the Spirit of the Lord, in the new Land of the Kingdom of God on Earth! We shall Live a new Life in the Spirit to reign with Christ in that new Land! These elect and chosen ones, or the “man child,” shall be anointed with all seven of the Spirits of the Lord, especially the Spirit of Wisdom! By the Spirit of Wisdom from God, these elect and chosen ones shall judge righteously, ruling and reigning in peace and justice, resulting in a nation and then a whole world of people, wherein the Righteousness of Christ shall prevail over all! The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ is the guiding principle in this new, Kingdom Land! All who dwell “here” are being freed forever from the binding, oppressive and tyrannical law of sin and death, not just doctrinally, or by faith, but experientially, actually and literally as well! What joyous freedom we have because of Him!
The Wisdom of Eliphaz and Job
“Can mortal man be just before God, or be more right than He is? Can a man be pure before his Maker, or be more cleansed than He is? [1 John 1:7; Rev 1:5.] Even in His [heavenly] servants He puts no trust or confidence, and His angels He charges with folly and error-- How much more those who dwell in houses (fleshly bodies) of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed like the moth. Between morning and evening they are destroyed; without anyone noticing it they perish forever. Is not their tent cord plucked up within them [so that the tent falls]? Do they not die, and that without [acquiring] wisdom?” (Job 4:17-21, AMP). Many great men, judged “great” by the wise of this world, have passed away without ever gaining the Wisdom of God! All they had, which made them “great,” was the feeble and foolish wisdom of man, which is the carnal wisdom of this world! But we will be blessed above and beyond what the wisest of mortal men and women have experienced in this world, for we shall be given the Wisdom of God; we shall be anointed with the Spirit of Wisdom from God, along with all the other six Spirits of the Lord!
Job said, “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof” (Job 28:12-13, 17-21, 23).
These men of God declared the wise counsel of the Lord, when they said that the wisdom of the Lord, or the Spirit of Wisdom, can only come from Him! His Wisdom will not be found in the secular universities, colleges and schools of this world, or in the religious universities, colleges and Bible schools anywhere on earth, for it is a special gift of God! And the wonder of it all is that it is our gift, if we will pay the “price” to receive it, and will then use it for His glory and honor! True Wisdom is summed up in these words: “Behold, the fear of the Lord, THAT IS WISDOM; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28). And again, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of THE ALMIGHTY giveth them (wisdom and) understanding” (Job 32:8).
Here is more of the Wisdom of the Lord: “Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any (person): He is mighty in strength and wisdom” (Job 36:5). And, ”Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?” (Job 38:6.) Or, “Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?” (Job 39:26-27). Here we see a comparison between man’s wisdom and the Wisdom of the Lord. The hawk flies and the eagle mounts up, not by the wisdom of man, but by the Wisdom of God! Our Father is mighty in strength and wisdom and He has put some of that Wisdom in our inward parts to lead us victoriously through this “life.” Not only does His Wisdom inspire people of the world to create and invent, but His Wisdom also causes some birds to fly south and the eagle to stretch out its wings to make their nests on high! And then there also is the Wisdom of the Lord that guides the salmon in its last days to return to the same stream where it was spawned, there to lay its eggs and die! Now that is real Wisdom, the Wisdom of God!
The psalmist described the righteous person, when he said, “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide” (Ps. 37:29-31). When we look at the original meaning of some of the words in this passage, we will discover some wonderful truths. For example, the first verse we quoted says, “The righteous shall INHERIT the land, and dwell therein for ever.” The word “INHERIT,” really means to occupy the land by driving out the previous tenants! This tells us that when we inherit the “land,” we shall occupy that “land” by driving out the previous tenants, such as the man of sin, and possessing the “land,” which “he” once occupied. The word “land,” really means the Earth. And the word “dwell” means to permanently reside in that “land,” or in the Kingdom “land,” which is the new Earth.
At the present time, the governments of man are now occupying
the “land” that we should possess and occupy! Carnal, unregenerate
man has no right to this land (the earth), for it is the inheritance of the
redeemed; this land is rightfully ours to occupy! But God allotted man six “days,”
or six thousand years, to do his laborious work (Ex. 20:9)! Those six thousand
years have expired, and it is now the time for the Christ to fully reign in
righteousness, bringing deliverance, victory, justice and peace to all! Therefore,
we will drive out the man of sin and his carnal, sinful administrations! And
we will do that by reigning with the power of the Kingdom of God, and not by
the feeble force and ability of man! Applying more carnality to the world’s
carnality results in carnality at its worst! Flesh against flesh only brings
forth more flesh!
The next sentence in the passage quoted is this: “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.” The word “speaketh” means to murmur in pleasure or anger, by implication, to ponder. This tells us that we are speaking to ourselves, perhaps murmuring within, while we ponder the wisdom we are “speaking.” However, there is more Wisdom in our spiritual walk than there is in our speaking at this time, and many of our friends we hear from confirm this truth. While we do very little “speaking,” our lives bear witness to the Truth of God! The word “talketh,” as used in this passage, means to arrange, figuratively it also means to speak words, perhaps in the Spirit. And the word “judgment” is also a verdict, including the act being judged, as well as the crime and the penalty, including the condemned person’s rights and privileges. Thus, to reign and judge in the Kingdom of God is to do so righteously, giving every person their just reward or their fair penalty; it is the highest and best reign there has ever been on earth. In the Kingdom of God, every sinner or law-breaker is fully acknowledged as citizens with rights and privileges. And they are all considered innocent until proven guilty. Grace, Mercy, Justice and Truth will always prevail in the Kingdom of God!
Job was a son of God in the process of sonship, just as we are. At times, Job could not understand why God was testing and trying him as He was. Not only was Job going through deep and intense processings, but he was also condemned, criticized and sometimes encouraged by his so-called “friends.” The trials of Job are legendary, but were something new and different in those days, bringing up many questions and debates about the “whys” and “wherefores” of Job’s deep trials. The main point seemed to be whether or not God was doing this to Job, or if he was being chastised for some possible disobedience. At one point, Job said to his “friends,” “Are not my days few? Cease then and let me alone, that I may take a little comfort and cheer up before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death, The land of sunless gloom as intense darkness, [the land] of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as thick darkness” (Job 10:20-22, AMP). If perchance some of us might feel that way occasionally, we may be comforted in knowing that Job has already experienced those deep trials, and that some answers may be found in the Spirit, and also in the written word.
To Job’s statement above, one of his “friends,” Zophar by name, replied, saying, “Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk [and making such great professions] be pronounced free from guilt or blame? Should your boastings and babble make men keep silent? And when you mock and scoff, shall no man make you ashamed? For you have said, MY DOCTRINE [THAT GOD AFFLICTS THE RIGHTEOUS KNOWINGLY] IS PURE, and I am clean in [God's] eyes. [Job 10:7.] But oh, that God would speak, and open His lips against you, And that He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For He is manifold in understanding! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your guilt and iniquity [deserve]. Can you find out the deep things of God, or can you by searching find out the limits of the Almighty [explore His depths, ascend to His heights, extend to His breadths, and comprehend His infinite perfection]? His wisdom is as high as the heights of heaven! What can you do? It is deeper than Sheol (the place of the dead)! What can you know? Longer in measure [and scope] is it than the earth, and broader than the sea” (Job 11:2-9, AMP).
“THAT GOD AFFLICTS THE RIGHTEOUS KNOWINGLY IS PURE” DOCTRINE! It is the Truth of God for all who are apprehended of the Father for sonship! It is a great Truth, and also one of “the deep things of God!” If we could search out all the variations of this deep Truth and pure Doctrine, it would be like searching out our God and Father of all! In other words, it is an impossibility! God cannot be discovered by searching Him out, nor can we now “explore His depths, ascend to His heights, extend to His breadths, and comprehend His infinite perfection!” God is greater than all our searchings and discoveries, as the apostle wrote, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions) (by the carnal man)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths) (by the carnal man)! For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor? [Isa 40:13,14.] Or who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it)” (Rom. 11:33-36, AMP).
It is impossible for any of us to search out and discover the judgments and the ways of the Lord in and of ourselves! But our God and Father of all is disciplining us, teaching us and training us in spiritual matters, that we might know the things of God and have within us the Spirit of Wisdom, as well as all seven of the Spirits of the Lord! When we are complete and perfect in Christ, we will know the Lord, as well as His judgments and His ways! Despite the darkness of these times God is teaching and training us, through all the adversities of this “life,” the many truths and principles of His Kingdom. When Father is finished with us we will have His Wisdom, even the Wisdom of the Mind of Christ, and will have the full, spiritual Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of the Kingdom of our Father! Although we were once mere “children” in Kingdom Wisdom and Kingdom Experience, we are becoming wise and knowledgeable sons of our Father, ready to be wondrously transformed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! Little by little and line upon line, we are growing in the Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of our God and Father!
The beautiful Song of Solomon closes with a reference to a
“little sister,” who is also a daughter that is to be betrothed
to our Beloved. Thus, we read: “We have a little sister, and she hath
no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken
for? If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she
be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar. I am a wall, and my breasts
like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour” (Song 8:8-10).
What do we do for this “little sister,” which may represent those
in the church system who are not prepared for this new Kingdom ministry? We
will build them up, so “she” will have high walls of spiritual strength
and El Shaddai’s “breasts” of Truth. As the “firstfruits,”
we are responsible for them. We will also tell our “little sister”
to be sure to feed from the “breasts” of our Mother Wisdom (Song
8:1), as we have done, so she will grow to full maturity, just as we did. Then,
our little sister will also be able to say, “I am a wall, and my breasts
like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour!” She will
then be fully equipped of the Lord, able to feed the multitudes! Then we will
all declare with Jane Leade:
Wisdom I have sought and
Wisdom I have found;
And now I wear her as
My Garland and Crown!
A CLOSING WORD
A passage in the book of Ecclesiastes tells us “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). There are seasons in the natural, with the weather, the movement of the planets and the cycles of the universe. And God also has seasons for all His work on earth. There is also “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (vs. 7). We feel we are now at that point in our lives when it is the time for us “to keep silence!” Therefore, this will be our last monthly issue of The Living Word! We sense a change in the Spirit, a change that may result in our Father doing an entirely new thing in the Earth, which we will be a part of! We are all His servants, His messengers, called to represent His Kingdom in the earth! The fullness of the Kingdom of God is at hand, and we continue to look forward expectantly to all that His Kingdom will yet bring forth.
We have been writing and mailing out this monthly booklet for over forty years now, and we feel led of the Lord to end our monthly writings with this booklet. I am now eighty years old, but sometimes I feel much younger. Although I am in good health and feel just fine, I realize I need to slow down a little and be available to help Emily through her physical challenges. By obeying my Father and ending these writings, Emily will also be relieved of some of her responsibilities! This is a night like we have never known or experienced before. But, like that good, Gospel song says, “The God of the good times, is still God in the bad! The God of the Day is still God in the night!” And so He is! Wonderful and glorious things are in store for us all when the morning dawns! And, by the Spirit, we sense that the “morning” we are looking for is soon to dawn! No matter how we may “feel” about things in this world at this time, that “morning” is not too far away! May we continue to look forward to the future with hope, joy, faith and assurance, knowing that the fullness of the Kingdom of God and the glorious reign of Christ is just ahead! And may we all be prepared take this next step in God, by the Spirit!
I have appreciated the rich blessings and the anointing of the Lord as I have written these forty years! As a result of that anointing to write, the Lord gave us many friends like you, with whom we have had blessed fellowship, if only by way of the Postal Service. I also want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us the way you have all these years. Please know how much we appreciate you and your walk with God! It is our prayer that Father will continue to take us all through this most difficult time of spiritual darkness, as we continue to walk out the path He has ordained for each one of us! It is our hope that you will keep in touch with us and let us know how you are doing and what is taking place in your life. Should the Lord give you a Word, we would appreciate hearing it! Perhaps we can encourage you, or maybe you can help us and give us a word of encouragement! How we need to encourage one another in the most holy faith, as we continue to press on to all the fullness of our Father and His glorious Kingdom of Love!
We also have copies of past issues of Living Word booklets
available for anyone who would request them. Should you desire to contact us
by email, here is our email address:
If you have a computer with an internet connection, you may read our writings on this web site: www.ariseministry.com
And our mailing address will continue to be:
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055